We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL 33040-8391
Phone Number:
+1 305-809-4750
Description:

The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of...

The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges. Check out the exhibit on Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, the Living Reef exhibit, which includes a 2,500-gallon reef tank with living corals and tropical fish, the live Reef Cam, and other displays that highlight the coral reef environment. The Center is located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is always free (and so is parking), so be sure to stop by for a visit!

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$19.95*
and up
Key West Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Trolley Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,115 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 628
    Excellent
  • 331
    Very good
  • 91
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Great place to take the kids

I think this is one of the must visit places of Key West, especially if you're interested in marine life. So much information and interesting displays, as well as park rangers to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
jilejon
,
Gilbert, Arizona
Add Photo Write a Review

1,115 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,069: English reviews
Gilbert, Arizona
Level Contributor
67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I think this is one of the must visit places of Key West, especially if you're interested in marine life. So much information and interesting displays, as well as park rangers to ask any questions. Family friendly place.

Helpful?
Thank jilejon
Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an indoor, interactive exhibit showing the many types of eco-systems in the Keys. A short film is very well done and should not be missed. Excellent learning opportunity and would be a good rainy day activity as well.

Helpful?
Thank Sandra G
New York City
Level Contributor
88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This indoor center has displays on marine and plant life in the keys, and an excellent 18 minute movie about same.

Helpful?
Thank RayNYC9
Toronto, Ontario
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this beautiful little museum with a lively six year old, who loved pushing buttons at the 3-D map of the Keys to light up the locations of shipwrecks, currents and reefs. Painlessly educational! Another highlight was a diorama of the forest terrain where we could spot hidden birds and other creatures. The life-size model of Aquarius, the submarine... More 

Helpful?
Thank Michele L
Sorrento, Florida
Level Contributor
69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have visited this place several times. It is informative and cool on a hot day. Has alot of information if you stat long enought.

Helpful?
Thank steve b
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
79 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Includes opportunities to keep engaged with the exhibit, trying to locate the birds and critters hiding in their natural environment. Worth seeing to educate about the local environment.

Helpful?
Thank KathuP
New Jersey
Level Contributor
291 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice exhibit/information center. Free admission, Self guided tours. Took about 20 min to walk around and see everything. Informational exhibits. Would be good for a rainy day as well.

Helpful?
Thank travelman1979_10
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Level Contributor
28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were walking around Key West and found the Center. It was inexpensive and informative and did not take too much time to tour. You learned about the Keys' environment without being overwhelmed with information. If you have limited time to tour the Keys, this would be one of the places to go.

Helpful?
Thank Jason W
Jacksonville, Florida
Level Contributor
83 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took an hour this afternoon to visit this free and apparently new center near Fort Z. Taylor entrance. Well worth the time. It's as good a display of the ecology of the keys as I have seen in my 35 years of visiting these islands.

Helpful?
Thank ge32225
Columbus, OH
Level Contributor
83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The greeter was very informative and welcoming! It's small but really great for kids. Also great for anyone going snorkeling.

Helpful?
Thank JenColumbus_OH

Travelers who viewed Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center also viewed

 

Been to Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Clinton Township, Michigan

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?